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Latest Real estate & construction articles

  • New Scottish fire safety measures to be introduced post-Grenfell

    New Scottish fire safety measures to be introduced post-Grenfell

    Two years on from the Grenfell Tower tragedy, the implications for the construction and fire safety of high-rise domestic buildings are still under review. New legislation is anticipated this year to introduce measures to strengthen fire safety in Scotland's high rise homes and public buildings, including the introduction of more stringent construction requirements and enhanced safety information records.

  • The meaning of Practical Completion – some definition by the courts

    The meaning of Practical Completion – some definition by the courts

    If the trigger for the sale or lease of a newly constructed development is its 'practical completion', just how complete does it actually have to be? A decision of the Technology and Construction Court, recently upheld by the English Court of Appeal, provides some helpful definition of a key but generally undefined term used in construction contracts.

  • What happens when building projects go wrong?

    What happens when building projects go wrong?

    Building projects always start out with the parties' best of intentions to keep to budget and programme; however, as anyone who has seen an episode of Grand Designs will know, it seems almost inevitable that no matter how meticulously planned a project may be matters will arise which will impact upon the costs and time allocated for the works.